Lunch with the Chair

Do you want to get involved but aren’t sure which Sierra Club project fits your interests? Let’s have lunch and talk! The date and place can be arranged Contact John Paul at 409-751-0350 or jp46832@gmail.com.

Please send address changes to:

Kathryn Walker GTGSC newsletter 795 19th St, Beaumont, TX 77706-5001

& to

Membership Services 85 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-3441

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Newsletter


February Meeting: Tuesday, February 4th
Location: Unity Church in Beaumont-Time: 7:00 pm 1555 S. 23rd
Presenter: Brooke Shipley-Lozano, Texas Parks and Wildlife


J. Brooke Shipley-Lozano, Ph.D. of the Coastal Fisheries Division of TX Parks and Wildlife will share her presentation on the Artificial Reef Program and on other parks projects and re-search. She will speak about the three parts of their program: rigs-to reefs, ships –to - reefs, and near shore reefing. The Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas hosts commercial and rec-reational fishing and diving and plays an important role in local economies. It provides vital habitat for marine life of all types and links us with the ocean through an interconnected envi-ronment. Artificial reefs enhance this marine environment by providing additional habitat needed by marine life. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Artificial Reef Program, funded through industry partnerships and grants, creates and enhances this critical marine habitat to benefit Texans and the natural environment.

March Meeting: Tuesday March 4th
Location: Unity Church, Beaumont 1555 S. 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm
Presenter: Marty Briggs, Huntsman


Marty Briggs will share a presentation on the award-winning efforts to preserve and protect wetland habitat for the resident mottled duck population in Jefferson County. The population of mottled ducks is thought to be in decline due in large part to habitat degradation and this pro-ject is making significant progress in slowing and reversing the habitat loss. The mottled duck has always been of conservation concern due to its limited range and small population size, as well as its popularity as a game bird. It is considered an indicator species for the health of coastal marshes and wetlands.

Save the Date—Trail Between the Lakes Annual Hike

2014 Hike Plan...Call or email: Phil Rogers When: April 25th—26th—27th 2014(Weekend following Earth Day& John Muir’s Birthday)


What: 3 day 28 mile hike* on the Trail Between the Lakes You can choose to hike the entire trail over 3 days or a part of the trail over 2 days, or just hike for 1 day. (Also, hikers can choose to hike the entire 28 miles in 2 days.)
Where: The Sabine National Forest on the Trail Between the Lakes
Where to sleep: For the serious backpacker, you can camp at designated spots on the trail. Or, you can carry a daypack only, and we’ll shuttle you to a group camp spot on the trail at the end of the day. Or, for you RV’ers, there is Mill Creek Park, or any number of other parks on the lakes. For those who prefer to “rough it” in a motel, there is Fin & Feather Lodge. www.lake-resort.com

Events and Outings


Saturday, February 1st
MARYSEE PRAIRIE WORK DAYS
- Come assist the Texas Land Conser-vancy in this ongoing effort to revive and maintain the native grasses and wildflowers on this site near Batson, Texas. Work tasks vary by month, but usually involve controlling the regrowth of woody spe-cies and keeping the prairie clear for mowing. Tools provided. For more info and to confirm work dates, contact Tom Maddux at 936-697-3425, or Frank Blake at frankblake@juno.com or 713-528-2896. Houston Sierra

Saturday, February 1
Adams Bayou Clean Up
— Shangri La will host the Community Trash –Off 8:00—1:00. Headquarters is at Orange Lions Park, located at 1802 Main in Orange. After gathering trash all teams are invited to return to Lions Park for free pizza and soft drinks at Noon. Door prizes will be awarded and all participants will get a free ticket to The Great Mountain performance at the Lutcher Theater on Saturday, February 8 at 6:30. To sign up or for more information contact Joe Mur-phy at jmurphy2@gt.rr.com or 409-883-6126.

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 14-16 — Caddo Lake Canoe Trip sponsored by Kayak Club of Southeast Texas. For more information contact kayak@discoveringtheoutdoors.com

Saturday, February 15th — Texas Point Kayak Expedition with guide, Josh Davis. Contact John Paul at 409-751-0350.

Tuesday, February 20 – 6:00 PM — Shangri La — Sabine Neches Master Naturalist Roundup — Recruiting event for new class scheduled to start in March 2014. Come to this event and learn about what the Master Naturalist group is all about. FMI: K Walker @782-3485 or ktwalker@gt.rr.com.

Crab Trap Removal event — Friday February 21 — Sunday March 2 Contact John Paul if you are interested. He has a boat that can be used. 409-751-0350.

Saturday February 22 - Field Trip to Cattail Marsh and Tyrrell Park. Meet at the parking lot for Cattail Marsh at 8:00 AM. The parking lot is accessed from the loop road round the main picnic area in Tyrell Park in Beaumont. Some birds can be seen with minimal walking, but the group will probably make a leisurely three or so mile hike round the various cells in the marsh. Walking is on the levee; the main ones are graveled, but some of the interior ones are mowed grass. This is a good trip for beginners as well as more experienced birders. Golden Triangle Audubon. FMI contact Steve Mayes @ sgmayes@hotmail.com or at 409-722-5807.

Saturday, March 1st — Marysee Paririe Work Day — See above for details and contact info.

Sunday March 9th — Sunday in the Park — Roy E Larsen Sandylands Nature Conservancy Pre-serve - The 5,654-acre Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary harbors a variety of plant communities, in-cluding one of the last remaining longleaf pine communities in Texas. A rare combination of swamp, open-floor forest and southern pinelands create a preserve with remarkable diversity, sustaining 582 plant species and 234 animal species. Visitors can hike, bird watch and study nature. Meet at the park-ing area on Hwy 327 at 1:00 PM. For more information contact Phil Rogers at 409-543-4616 or at philarogers@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 15 – Big Thicket Bike Tour – The Southeast Texas Hike and Bike Club will host their annual event. Helpers will be needed to man the rest stop in Kountze.

NOTES FROM THE CHAIR

One of the unique aspects of membership in the Sierra Club are the many opportunities to give back to the community through our volunteer programs.

As many of you know and have been a part of: we maintain a 28 mile hiking trial through the Sabine National forest ; we participate in tree planting within the Big Thicket National Pre-serve; support numerous events at ShangriL La ; assist the Hike and Bike club in their annual "long ride" and even support TPW efforts by assisting in the annual Feb crab trap removal pro-gram from Sabine Lake. Two years ago, we held a fund raiser to provide a $2000 scholarship to a Lamar University environmental studies student. Of course, not everyone can or is able to participate in every opportunity but we try to identify some volunteer activity for each and every member.

Currently your board is discussing three potential volunteer activities for the future and I am soliciting both your feedback and hopefully your participation in one or more of these should we undertake the programs described. The first project is to sponsor another "GOGREEN STREET" event similar to the one we held two years ago in which we raised a substantial sum of money to support our scholarship program and other volunteer activities. This is an oppor-tunity for those who enjoy planning, organizing and contacting people and have at least two hours per week to devote to the project over the span of three to four months. We need at least five people to serve on the planning committee with a willingness to meet bimonthly for a period of 3-4 months.

The second is to partner with USFW McFaddin National wildlife Refuge on various projects to improve the refuge; this might include planting dune grasses, helping to build boardwalks or birding towers and the like. Mcfaddin, unlike the Anahuac Refuge near High Island does not have an active "Friends of the Refuge'' group so there is a tremendous opportunity to posi-tively impact the refuge going forward.

Lastly, we are considering partnering with the city of Beaumont and others in a program to turn Cattail Marsh into a major birding/wildlife observation facility with amenities including boardwalks, observation towers, rest facilities and the like. This is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor in a program that will offer a huge benefit to the citizens of Beaumont and the surrounding area by providing a green space full of wildlife within a few minutes driving time for most of us.

I would very much like to get your input, ideas and comments on these as well as any other ideas you have on programs your local group can undertake to support our mission. Email me at JP46832@gmail.com or call me at my cell 409-201-0005. See you at our next meeting.

John Paul

What is a Master Naturalist?

Texas Master Naturalists not only get their feet wet and their hands dirty, but while doing so they spend time in a natural setting, learn about differ-ent plant and animal species, and maybe even find something new outside. Come to Shangri La on February 20 (see listing on page 2)to find out if you have what it takes tO be a Master Nautralist.

SHS Issues Fish Consumption Advisory for Neches River

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a fish consumption advisory for portions of the Neches River Basin, including Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir. The advisory covers six species of fish caught between the State Highway 7 bridge west of Lufkin downstream to the U.S. Highway 96 bridge near Evadale and both reservoirs. It was issued after laboratory testing of fish samples found elevated levels of mercury and dioxins.

DSHS recommends people limit or avoid consumption of these species as outlined in the table below because eating contaminated fish can be a health hazard.


Please send address changes to:

Kathryn Walker – GTGSC newsletter & to Membership Services
795 19th St 85 2nd Street, 
Beaumont, TX 77706-5001 San Francisco, CA 94105-3441 
ktwalker@gt.rr.com address.changes@sierraclub.org 


GOLDEN TRIANGLE GROUP DIRECTORY

John Paul Local Chair / Political Chair 751-0350 

Pam Lewis Secretary 719-8584 

Syed Mohiudden Environmental Education Chair 466-4144 

Joe Murphy Treasurer 883-6126

Kathryn Walker Program Chair / Membership / Newsletter Distribution 782-3485

Phil Rogers Outings Chair / Special Events 543-4616

Betty Allison Ex Com Member 842-6998

Bruce Walker Past Chair/ Chapter Delegate 782-3486

Bo Baggs Conservation Chair 853-4118